Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"
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Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeUser Review - Gisela Sophia - Goodreads
A simply delightful book, beautifully written, so enlightening and so funny. Full of great advice on writing: getting started, how to keep going, how to improve. Having read it once, I now intend to ... Read full review
Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeUser Review - Moira Eberle - Goodreads
Yes, it's neurotic and a bit over the top, but it's also hopeful, truthful and focused on the actual work of writing. Read full review
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